Sunny caching in Cambridgeshire


Old Weston

Hooray! The sunshine came out this weekend, but unfortunately it didn’t make my geodog happy! 😦 He spent the entire duration of Friday and Saturday sulking about something. He didn’t want to eat, drink, play, go walkies, and he certainly didn’t want to join us on Saturday to go Geocaching (Which is quite unusual for him) Thankfully he came back to life on Sunday, however on Saturday we just went it alone.

Not a happy doggy!

We started off with a recently laid poshrule series, Old Weston Outback. A nice stroll of 26 caches over 5.5 miles. We started off with blue skies and golden corn with some lovely views into the distance.

Sunny views across the corn

Corn in the field

I’m pleased to say that we did find all of the 26 caches. Most of them being easy finds, but still having enough variety in hiding location and container size to keep us interested.

Doing the necessary

A cute sign!

I wonder what he is up to...

I was amused half way around when we spotted a pigeon sitting on one of the footpath signs. He obviously knew which way we should go!

A footpath sign upgrade!

We headed past Leighton Bromswold church where we had previously stopped for a cache and dash church micro, however this time we got to see a rather interesting stone placed outside the gate of the churchyard. A plaque told us the stone was about a thousand years old and represents the ancient seat of judgement. There were 4 of these around the county.

An interesting stone

After completing this series in just under 3 hours we headed off to grab a few drive-by’s to rest our legs. This included ‘Not another film can‘ which was next to the river with an interesting, large pill box next door. It had a heavy metal door on it which looked like it once had a padlock on it. I was quite surprised to look inside and see that it was clean. No rubbish! You rarely see pill boxes like that. Opposite the bank, two muggle ducks watched us.

Entrance to the pill box

A couple of muggles watching from the side lines

There was also a very nice cache along the way which had been placed in a hollowed log. It was a regular and I was impressed at how well it had been hidden.

A well hidden cache

Doddington Dawdle

And that brings me on to a very exciting series, Doddington Dawdle laid by our friends rallisalli&hawkeye. A series with cache descriptions in rhyme. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…

ahem…

We’d planned to do the Doddington Dawdle last week,
But with the rain and clouds it was looking quite bleak,
So we headed off on our way,
Leaving it for another day,
On Saturday we woke to bright, golden sun,
So we knew we could head off and have some fun,
A three mile walk would be just right,
Before we went home for the night,
Spot on coords helped us around,
So that each cache could be easily found.

Through the park lots of sheep we could see,
Just a short stroll to get to the first GZ,
Lots of spots that a cache could be found,
So it took a few moments of hunting around,
Ah-ha, I spotted the well covered cache,
Then we could move on after re-hiding the stash!

Sheep in the Pocket Park

There were many pretty spots along the paths,
Bullrushes, poppies, and flowers in the grass,
Still no rain, the weather stayed fine,
But just enough puff for the wind turbines.

Bull rushes along the path

Poppies in the field

Wind turbines in the distance

We’d found them all and were doing alright,
Then headed to the village for some urban hides,
A lovely church, and a tower with a clock,
But unfortunately we didn’t have time to stop.

Doddington Clock Tower

After getting the bonus we were in for a treat,
A cuppa tea and some cake to eat,
We headed to see rallisalli&hawkeye,
For a good natter, and a lovely time,
Twit Twoo TB also joined in with the fun,
But he couldn’t have cake, so just ate a few crumbs!

Enjoying a cuppa after a hard day's caching

It was a lovely series indeed and made all that better as it was set by our friends who we were able to join for a pit stop after. I wrote all of my logs in rhyme. Sometimes it’s fun to just do something like that, and I know the CO’s appreciated it! On the way home we headed off for a couple more caches, including one of the YOSM virtuals at ‘Fox Hole Hill Trig Point’ which also had some great views of the wind turbines (Although I’m sure the local residents don’t see them quite that way!)

Fox Hole Hill Trig Point

Church Micro 1792 was quite a treat too as it was a big ammo can. I had to giggle at some of the swag inside though as there was a ‘A1’ CD, an old boyband I remember from many, many moons ago. I was nearly tempted to take it! 😉

A "larger than usual" church micro

Finally we also headed to a cache for ‘The Broughton Lock up‘. The cache wasn’t exciting in the slightest, but I thought the lock up (Or rather old prison cell!) was rather neat and something I wouldn’t have realised if I was just passing through so I gave the cache its first favourite point.

The Broughton Lock up

Longstowe Loop

On Sunday, my doggy seemed a lot happier and when we asked him if he wanted to come caching his ears pricked up and he was ready to go!

A lot happier today!

We headed to Longstowe where Gazooks had placed the Longstowe Loop series. I had underestimated the series as I thought it’d be your usual cache box series, however there were some unexpected custom containers which was great news! They were also the custom containers that I really like as they were of a decent size and easily findable leaving you with the “wow” moment afterwards. That is as opposed to the fiddly little custom ones of nano tubes stuck onto a bottle cap and pushed into the ground so that you spend hours searching there in the long grass! Rant over…

Longstowe Village Sign

My favourite cache on the series was LL#3, although we only kind of partialy found it. We spent 15 minutes at the cache site going up and down a tree wondering what we were missing and why we hadn’t spotted it when suddenly we realised that we had spotted it, and that the custom cache was broken and scattered all over the floor. 😦 We found the outside, but the log was nowhere to be seen. We placed the broken pieces at the bottom of the tree with a piece of paper and emailed the CO photos of what we had found and asked if it was ok to log the find. He said it was, and unfortunately what we had found was indeed the cache. The owner was ok with us logging it and said he would replace it soon.

Any excuse to climb a tree!

Busy chewing sticks at GZ

As we walked around the series we spotted quite a few planes in the air. There were gliders, a tiger moth and some tug planes. Soon we realised this was because of the nearby Gransden gliding club. It was a great day for flying and we spent some time watching them between caches.

Tug Plane at Gransden Gliding Club

A tiger moth over head

The nice weather meant that the wildlife and wild flowers were out. There were lots of butterflies fluttering around the paths and between two of the caches I spotted a big furry caterpillar making his way across the path. At LL#11 we got to see quite a lot of ‘Arum maculatums’ although they would have been more stunning if they had flowered.

A furry caterpillar wriggling across the path

An 'Arum maculatum' near LL #11

We ended the day with a worn out, but happy doggy and finished by grabbing a couple of cache and dash-es including Church Micro 633, a lovely big church in Comberton, and a cache near the Cambridge meridian line marker which unfortunately we DNF’ed, but I didn’t mind that so much as the marker was great to see.

Church Micro 633 - Comberton

The Meridian line in Cambridge

To top off the day, at Church Micro 1619: Foxton, St Laurence I bumped into our caching friends Dalasa again. Great to stop and chat before heading home. Now I’m just hoping the sun holds out for next weekend for our trip to the MEGA Wales event!

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2 Responses to “Sunny caching in Cambridgeshire”

  1. ErikaJean.com Says:

    Beautiful golden wheat fields!! Do you call it corn there?

    love the telephone booth!!

    Wanted to post this comment as a guest but it kept saying invalid e-mail ;-(
    http://www.erikajean.com

    • geocass Says:

      I suppose it is wheat really and corn is sweetcorn, I don’t know why but I’ve always just called it a “corn field”. I tried a google image search for “corn field” and as well as the sweetcorn it brings up wheat fields, so I guess so! 😀

      We’ve found quite a few in the phone boxes. Sadly there dusty, dirty places full of spider webs!!!


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